Car alarms that go off for no reason may be triggered by low vibrations caused by a passing car or a small animal. They can also be triggered by loud noises and failing to close the door or trunk properly. A typical car alarm system consists of a controlling unit, sensors and an alarm; an electrical fault in any of these may cause the alarm to go off for no reason.Know More
Car alarms come with different kinds of sensors that affect how they respond to activity around them. In addition to shock sensors, car alarm systems may also come with radar or motion sensors. These are designed to sense movement within the immediate outer perimeter of the car as well as inside. Car alarm systems also come with tilt sensors, which trigger the alarm if the car's position is moved. Other key components of a good car alarm system include glass break sensors and hood pin triggers. Knowing the type of sensors or upgrades included in your alarm system can help narrow the possible causes of the alarm.
Car alarms are also affected by voltage settings, so a persistent alarm may be an indication of a weakened car battery. To determine if a car alarm is being triggered by vibrations or activity, try parking it in a different zone.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
A passive car alarm turns on automatically when the key is removed from the ignition and the car doors are closed. This type of alarm is considered "passive" because the driver does nothing to turn it on.Full Answer >
A car alarm without a remote can be disarmed by opening the door with the conventional key and then locating the valet switch. Upon entering, the alarm sounds. Locate the switch immediately, insert the key into the ignition cylinder, turn it to the on position and gently hit the valet switch once.Full Answer >
The top car alarm systems, as of 2015, are Viper, Python and Avital systems, according to Top Ten Reviews. The Viper system scored a 10 out of 10 rating, while the Python system rated 9.5. The Avital system came in third with a rating of 8.8.Full Answer >
A Viper car alarm can be installed using the instructions found in the Product Guides and Manuals page in the Support section on Viper.com. Viper car alarm installations usually require an intermediate to advanced level of auto knowledge, including knowledge of interior assembly and disassembling.Full Answer >